Blacklands Turnpike http://ketr.org en Wylie-Lavon bottleneck might require new highway http://ketr.org/post/wylie-lavon-bottleneck-might-require-new-highway <p>While the prospect of a toll road along the old railroad corridor west of Greenville seems to have been left by the wayside, there’s little question that transportation development in the immediate area is on the way.</p><p>The <a href="http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp">North Central Texas Regional Council of Governments Transportation Division </a>isn’t publishing final recommendations until the end of 2014, but one-third of the way into its yearlong study of the Blacklands Corridor, some likely recommendations are becoming apparent.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:29:54 +0000 Mark Haslett 51027 at http://ketr.org Wylie-Lavon bottleneck might require new highway 'Non-toll' road possible from Greenville to SE Collin Co. http://ketr.org/post/non-toll-road-possible-greenville-se-collin-co <p>A big crowd filled the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville Thursday night, for the latest public meeting concerning plans to address future transportation issues along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and the Dallas area.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:43:57 +0000 Mark Haslett 50996 at http://ketr.org 'Non-toll' road possible from Greenville to SE Collin Co. Regional transportation meetings come to Greenville http://ketr.org/post/regional-transportation-meetings-come-greenville <p>The process of providing public input for the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study continue with a meeting in Greenville on March 20. The event will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Division staff at 6 p.m.</p><p>A public comment period will follow the presentation and the evening will conclude with another open house following the public comments.</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:58:22 +0000 Mark Haslett 50938 at http://ketr.org Regional transportation meetings come to Greenville Weird, cryptic Facebook page puzzles users http://ketr.org/post/weird-cryptic-facebook-page-puzzles-users <p><strong>UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong>As of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, the HCPC Facebook page had vanished. The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department confirmed that the page and the post were unrelated to any NCTCOG activity. And so the mystery remains, perhaps to be cleared up at the upcoming public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor in Greenville. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:48:21 +0000 Mark Haslett 50786 at http://ketr.org Weird, cryptic Facebook page puzzles users Bumped off rail line, Public Werks still pursuing toll road http://ketr.org/post/bumped-rail-line-public-werks-still-pursuing-toll-road <p>The chances for a toll road being built along the old railroad right-of-way between Greenville and Lavon seem very slim, now that the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Transportation Division has said the corridor doesn't look like a good place for a road of any sort.</p><p>But, Dallas-based Public Werks, Inc., the firm that first proposed the "Blacklands Turnpike," hasn't given up the idea of a toll road connecting Greenville with the suburbs of Dallas.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:40:32 +0000 Mark Haslett 49617 at http://ketr.org Bumped off rail line, Public Werks still pursuing toll road Debt issues tied to SH 130 could impact toll projects http://ketr.org/post/debt-issues-tied-sh-130-could-impact-toll-projects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A year ago this week, a toll road opened in Central Texas that represented two milestones for the state. While its posted 85 mph speed limit&nbsp;—&nbsp;the highest in the country — drew international headlines, many state and local leaders were more interested in the road’s unique financing: A private consortium designed and built the road and agreed to operate and maintain it for 50 years in exchange for a cut of the toll revenue.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:21:10 +0000 Aman Batheja - The Texas Tribune 44619 at http://ketr.org Debt issues tied to SH 130 could impact toll projects Study team assembled; surrounding region to be considered http://ketr.org/post/study-team-assembled-surrounding-region-be-considered <p>In Arlington today, the North Central Texas Council of Governments&nbsp;Regional Transportation Council received a status update on the <a href="http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp">Blacklands Corridor feasibility study</a>. The council is overseeing the project, which will review transportation options along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and Lavon. Researchers will also consider the corridor within the context of the overall transportation plan for the entire region, which could include other major highways, such as a connector&nbsp;between Interstate 30 and U.S. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:54:16 +0000 Mark Haslett 44072 at http://ketr.org Study team assembled; surrounding region to be considered Blacklands update today in Arlington http://ketr.org/post/blacklands-update-today-arlington <p>The North Texas area&rsquo;s transportation planners are expected to receive another update today on the progress of a transportation study which may include a proposed toll road between Greenville and Lavon.<br /><br />The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments is scheduled to convene for a business meeting at 1 p.m. today in the NCTCOG headquarters in Arlington.<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:20:16 +0000 Brad Kellar & Mark Haslett 44046 at http://ketr.org Blacklands update today in Arlington Sulphur mobility authority waiting on NCTCOG study http://ketr.org/post/sulphur-mobility-authority-waiting-nctcog-study <p>The meeting of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority in Cooper on Sept. 5 included a review of the current situation surrounding the Blacklands Corridor.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:08:11 +0000 Mark Haslett 42527 at http://ketr.org Sulphur mobility authority waiting on NCTCOG study Toll road meeting in Cooper on Thursday http://ketr.org/post/toll-road-meeting-cooper-thursday <p>The board of the Sulphur River Regional Mobility Authority will meet this week, and the Blacklands&nbsp;Corridor is on the agenda.</p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:43:16 +0000 Mark Haslett 42397 at http://ketr.org Toll road meeting in Cooper on Thursday